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Impressive Realtime 2D to 3D Video Conversion for 3D Vision

December 21st, 2009 · 30 Comments · 2D to 3D Conversion


I have just found an impressive piece of software, or not actually a standalone software, but a DirectShow filter that can transform normal 2D video files into Stereoscopic 3D in real time and with very good results. I’m talking about the 3Dfier DirectShow filer developed by a Taiwanese company called Radiant Star that in my opinion is the best real time 2D to 3D video conversion solution available so far. That said I’m not meaning that the 3Dfier is absolutely problem free, but still it gives really good results when converting the 2D videos to 3D. You might notice some issues mostly on fast moving and more blurry objects and maybe some jaggy edges on straight lines, but still the depth feeling it quite good having in mind that we actually don’t have the needed depth information as with a true stereoscopic 3D videos. But enough about that, you better try it yourself, the only problem is that the DirectShow filter is not free, but a time limited version (30 days trial, 10 minutes of playback and no depth level control), but maybe Nvidia could license it and provide it free with their future Player software… ;)


For usage of this filter with 3D Vision (the filter can also be used with other S3D systems!) we are going to first need the latest version of Nvidia 3D Vision Video Player and the 3Dfier 2D-3D transform DirectShow filter side-by-side demo v0.2. Download and install them, then run the 3D Vision Video Player, open the File menu, choose Settings… and go to the Decoder panel. From the Preferred Filters menu you need to select the Video Processor and click on the Add button, then select the 3Dfy 2D-to-3D Transformer filter from the from the list of available filters on your system. This is it, now you are done and ready to test the real time 2D to 3D video conversion…


When you try to open a normal 2D video file after you’ve selected to use the 3Dfier DirectShow filter with the 3D Vision Video Player you’ll be asked what is the stereoscopic video format, here you need to choose Side by Side format with the default Aspect Ratio in order for things to work. Have in mind that when the player is in window mode you’ll still see everything in 2D, but when you switch to full screen mode and 3D Vision gets activated you’ll see the filter at work. That is is, you are ready to enjoy your 2D video in automatically converted stereoscopic 3D mode…

For best results you’ll need higher quality, preferably HD videos, but even low quality clips might still look quite well when converted… and you can as well try some DVD Videos you have. One of the issue you’ll face is that you’ll have to remove and then add again the filter in the settings every time you decide to watch 2D or true stereoscopic 3D movies as with the 3Dfier loaded things will get a bit messy when you try to open a stereoscopic video file. Also if you use a Media Player Classic and maybe some other players for normal video playback you might notice that the filter is automatically loaded when you open a movie and you see it side by side. This is something you can manage to fix, but you’ll have to play a bit with the filter settings for the player. And please do not forget to share your experience and comments should you decide to test what was described in this guide.

You can find more information about the filter on the official 3Dfier website…

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30 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Philip Heggie // Dec 21, 2009 at 21:37

    I tested this several months a go and it didn’t work well with
    1080i mpeg captures I tried.

  • 2 Philip Heggie // Dec 21, 2009 at 21:45

    instant 2d to 3d conversion is a great novelty at first but after seeing real 3d HD videos it’s
    like going on a strict diet and leaves you very unsatisfied.

  • 3 Bloody // Dec 21, 2009 at 21:48

    Have you tried it with 720p or 1080p?

    I know it is not like a true S3D content, but since we still don’t have a lot such videos it is still better than nothing ;)

  • 4 Movlab // Dec 22, 2009 at 05:51

    Hi Guys: Yes it now works quite well for me. I am testing the 10 min demo and found the left and right arrow keys make my eyes quite happy. Using DVD’s right now to test. HD soon…

    Nvidia Player and the glasses too.

    Is this filter for sale?

  • 5 Bloody // Dec 22, 2009 at 13:10

    I’ve written to the guys that made the filter about pricing and how can it be purchased, as they seem to target it to companies willing to license and use the filter in their products and not end users. So when I have more information I’ll write…

  • 6 Fguillotine // Dec 22, 2009 at 19:12

    i tested today some movies in 720p (Blade Runner, Outlander, Avatar trailer, Mutant Chronicles…) with 3d vision glasses, and i think this filter is impresive. I saw Avatar in a XpanD cinema yesterday and depth feeling is not better than what this filter do (really dissapointed with XpanD cinemas).
    Anyone knows where can i purchase a full version of this filter?

  • 7 Bloody // Dec 22, 2009 at 21:35

    I’m still waiting for a response from the authors of the filter regarding this…

  • 8 Philip Heggie // Dec 23, 2009 at 02:34

    Here is a simple avisynth script to do 2d to 3d conversion for
    3dvision player no time limit works with HD
    name it as


  • 9 Bloody // Dec 23, 2009 at 03:12

    Yes, Philip, this seems to be one of the things they are using, but not the only one. Creating one frame difference for the eyes makes the illusion of depth in moving objects only… kind of pulfrich effect. They also seem to create a perspective distortion for one of the frames by stretching the upper part of the image and maybe applying some other transformations. And the end effect is quite good, maybe we can replicate the same effect and even improve it… ;)

  • 10 Torrel // Dec 23, 2009 at 16:25

    I seem to be able to get it working with videos on my hard drive but not with DvD’s in the drive, anyone know why? I had to convert a DvD to watch it 3d…But I don’t see why the guy hasn’t got a sale website for it

  • 11 Philip Heggie // Dec 25, 2009 at 23:20

    After many months I finally got a reply about 3dfyer from them
    It goes –
    “Our apology. We did not offer it for sale yet. We are working to make it bundled with 3D display devices so that you
    will be able to get it in very affordable cost. Please be patient with us.”

  • 12 Paulo Drummond // Dec 27, 2009 at 00:36

    Thank you very much for this filter, It’s working perfect in my system no ghosts at all!

  • 13 3Dfier // Dec 28, 2009 at 13:59

    Torrel, DVD works with Media Player Classics. You can follow the instructions below to make it work.


  • 14 Bloody // Dec 28, 2009 at 16:04

    But with MPC you cannot watch it on 3D Vision…

  • 15 Akia // Dec 28, 2009 at 21:36

    I run a windows 7 system with the latest drivers
    The problem i have is that the “Video processor” opotion in the filter list does not exist!!!!
    I aded the 3d filter on all others (divx,xvd etc) but nothing worked.
    Any posible solution?

  • 16 Bloody // Dec 28, 2009 at 22:18

    Are you by any chance using an older version of the stereoscopic video player? If so please update to the latest, there is a link to it above…

  • 17 Marcelo Adriano // Dec 29, 2009 at 03:18

    Man, you can help me? I dont have a option like you called “Video Processor” on my 3d Vision Player, i use a Portuguease version, maybe is that? u can help me? Cheers Mate!

  • 18 Marcelo Adriano // Dec 29, 2009 at 03:21

    Oh man, forguet it, i have a older version, i have updated it and i can see the option now. Thank You!

  • 19 ben // Dec 30, 2009 at 05:57

    when i tried to run this with nvidia’s video player i don’t have the video proccessing option under preffered filters. can anyone suggest what i need to do to get this working? im running windows 7 64bit. any help would be greatful cause i really want to use nvidia’s player instead of the time limited stereoscope player.

  • 20 Bloody // Dec 30, 2009 at 11:24

    You need to download the latest version of the 3D Vision Player…

  • 21 Garrett // Jan 23, 2010 at 06:04

    So I just downloaded the newest version from Nvidia’s website (version 1.4.7, if this is the wrong version let me know) and installed it on my Windows 7 64bit machine, and there is still no video processor option. Any thoughts? What version are the guys who got it working using? And I just checked 3Dfier’s blog and saw this quote posted on the 20th

    “Guys, we are still doing some final tweaks before releasing the Stereoscopic version for sale. We will also release Red-Cyan version for free for personal use very soon. Stay tuned.”

    Thanks for any input you guys have


  • 22 Bloody // Jan 23, 2010 at 13:46

    Garrett , you need to download the latest version of the player – 1.5.2

  • 23 Alex81 // Apr 25, 2010 at 18:52


    Somebody can make a video tutorial about this ?

  • 24 iNCREDiPiNOY // Apr 28, 2010 at 02:31

    ^ Agreed. I want to convert Avatar 2D move to 3D now!!!

  • 25 Coppershark // May 18, 2010 at 02:25

    I have tried to get this to work for a few days now and I must be doing something wrong. This so called 3D convertor seems to just be wrapped around what looks like a tube on the screen, skewed to the top left and skewed to the bottom right. I can submit a picture of what I am seeing but can someone first confirm that what I am seeing is incorrect please?

  • 26 Bloody // May 18, 2010 at 10:07

    No, it is not incorrect, this is a part of what they are doing to simulate a 3D-like effect. You can control the level of distortion from the 3Dfier control panel, but the default settings in the control panel should be Ok for most people. And nobody says it is perfect, but it is usually better than plain 2D… ;)

  • 27 Coppershark // May 18, 2010 at 19:10

    Ah I see. It is the same sort of 3D as the Power DVD option. That’s a shame, I was hoping for more as I find this unuseable really. Thanks for clearing that up for me though, I was so sure that there was a problem.

  • 28 the 8track guy // Aug 19, 2010 at 08:48

    all you nice people;;;hold it…its comming…no progras, no filters

    play the viedo cd go to the 3d viewer…soon

  • 29 eds // Feb 22, 2011 at 04:00

    This is dumb, it’s not possible to create 3D from 2D, the the depth info was not there, cannot be recreated (well). Better watch 2D than some pseudo-3D

  • 30 abdalla // Apr 26, 2012 at 19:37

    how to save the video by using nvide 3d

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